Friday, 15 March 2013

UPSC withdraws fiat on Marathi - Source LT

Decision will help rural students appear in civil services examinations

The decision of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) withdrawing its restriction on the use of regional languages, including Marathi, in the main examination of civil services, has brought cheers on the faces of students. 
Meanwhile, many coaching centres have also welcomed the development as it will help in enhancing the percentage of Marathi candidates in the civil services examinations. 
Regional parties across the country had taken a strong objection to the restriction on the use of regional languages in the civil services examinations. Finally, the UPSC has withdrawn its decision considering the public sentiments. 
The development has come as a great relief to students, especially belonging to Marathwada. 
Head of pre-IAS Coaching Centre at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Yashwant Khillare said, "Following the restriction on Marathi, many students were contemplating to give a miss to the exam this time around. The withdrawal of the restriction has come as great relief to such students."
Director of the Government Coaching Centre Hemlata Wankhede said, "Now, students can take their examinations in their mother tongue."
Sachin Itlar, a UPSC aspirant, said, "The UPSC seems to have bowed down to the pressure from public and their representatives. The restriction on Marathi language was simply ridiculous and uncalled for."
Another student Buddhabhushan Nikalje said it is good that the UPSC has withdrawn its decision to restrict Marathi. 
"The decision had come as a rude shock to those students who were preparing for the exam in Marathi. Many students had made up their mind not to appear for the examination," he said, adding that now the withdrawal of the condition is a welcome step.

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